this is a great idea. i just discovered the other board LBH the other night and was invited here. Such great information. I am Kiktayo Kangi (wakes with crows) on the other site. Prolly should have kept the same name huh?
I am the only adopted son of a full blood traditional Lakota elder/headman from Porcupine SD on the rez. my heritage is white irish and chippewa from northern michigan but considered Lakota by the people. I am very much into the history of the great plains and the american west and of course the history, culture and art of the northern plains tribes. Just moved again to MA but am moving back to reservation in August.
Please check out our community school on the reservation, we started it ourselves with no help from tribal or federal government (duh) and runs completely on donations. the site is: www.cokantiospaye.com I will be updating the site soon.
also i have just finished a film written by my grandpa Eli Tail Sr called Through Lakota Eyes which will be available soon. There are two clips up on youtube.com just put the title in the search box if you would like to view the clips.
I look forward to this forum growing, and thank the people who have worked to put this together.
25 years! Waste! my hunka brother John Tail was alcoholic-he could not get a job, could not take care of his kids, so drinking was his escape like so many others. He hung himself four years ago. At his funeral I vowed to never drink again. I haven't . Much happier and coping is easier. I have no desire to ever drink again. What it does to the People and the children makes me sick.
what was your ''fyi" ?? through lakota eyes was too short? i am still learning my Lakota, but not used to writing it. It's not a written lanquage anyway! Good to see after 25 years you have not lost your language.
"FYI - Tanyan Lakota iwayesni eyas owakahnige cikala yelo." ( I don't speak Lakota well, but I understand alittle )
Yes, writing our language is more of our modern education teachings. I continue to learn and have been learning mostly via Lakota CD's, books, Internet... OLC has some beneficial opportunities for those interested. Bryan Charging Cloud from OLC has posted education material regarding Lakotaiyapi online for his students. Upon speaking with Bryan, I told him that the material is also beneficial for those of us who have the desire to learn our language.
I also have David Little Elk's Lakota Language CD's & Learning Book. In my personal opinion, David did a really good job with the material. One of the best things that I like is on the CD's during the verbal interaction, David made it so that one can actual in a sense make a reply and/or have time to think about the reply.